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Mandatory Indigenous lit class expanding to more schools

Ottawa's English public school board has introduced a mandatory Grade 11 English course with an all-Indigenous reading list, and it's expanding to classrooms across the city. The class was inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which seeks to undo the damage caused by the country's residential school system. "It provides different perspectives for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students," said Jane Alexander, who oversees the secondary school curriculum for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).

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10/26/2018

article Indigenous #MeToo catching fire in B.C. First Nations communities
(British Columbia) -- A recent Facebook post by Lauraleigh Paul, the daughter of Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul, alleging an Indigenous actor had sexually assaulted her...
article FWFN Chief Collins reminds Premier Ford to 'not forget' about Indigenous people
(Ontario) -- Wearing a shirt that recognizes the partnership between Fort William First Nation and Resolute Forest Products pulp and paper mill on Thursday, Chief Peter...
article Ontario group wants Indigenous communities to oppose federal rights framework
(Ontario) -- The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians says the proposed Indigenous recognition rights framework meant to affirm their rights will do the exact...

10/25/2018

article Bobby Cameron re-elected as chief of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- Incumbent Bobby Cameron defeated challenger Delbert Wapass to win re-election as chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in voting in...
article Delegates call for major overhaul of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations' next chief will be elected in Saskatoon Thursday, and many voters say they want to see big changes...

10/23/2018

article From 'Aboriginal' to 'Indigenous' in the Justin Trudeau era
(Canada) -- Justice and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples have been key priorities since Justin Trudeau was elected in October 2015. Prime Minister Trudeau and key...

10/17/2018

article Supreme Court ruling shows need for more Indigenous Parliamentarians and judges, says lawyer
(Ottawa) -- Following a Supreme Court ruling that there is no duty to consult Indigenous Peoples in drafting legislation, some officials say more Inuit, Métis and First...

10/6/2018

article Readers recount the hassles faced while using, or trying to use, an Indian status card
(Canada) -- When Gisele Rickard and Jessie James went to buy a new truck in Orangeville, Ont., they met with the dealership, went through all the paperwork and...

10/2/2018

article First Nations leaders urge new Quebec government to keep its promise on Indigenous rights declaration
(Quebec) -- Following the Coalition Avenir Québec's win in the Quebec election Monday, First Nations leaders are reminding premier-designate François Legault of his...
article Namesake First Nation completes sacred lance run to Saskatoon's new Chief Mistawasis Bridge
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatoon's new Chief Mistawasis Bridge will carry a heavy load. The bridge, which opened Tuesday, will obviously carry city traffic. But it must...

10/1/2018

article Treaty Day recognizes special relationship between Crown, Mi'kmaq
(Nova Scotia) -- Treaty Day in Nova Scotia was proclaimed in 1993 but two people participating in events Monday remembered back to 1986 when the occasion unofficially...

9/27/2018

article FSIN breaks impasse by opting to have no interim chief during election campaign
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) won't have an interim chief this month. The federation called an emergency meeting Wednesday...

9/25/2018

article First Nation gets bylaw passed for new Whitehorse hotel, but not without angering chief
(North Canada) -- Two Yukon First Nations are getting their 20-metre tall hotel, following heated debate in Whitehorse city council chambers. City councillors voted...
article MP drops F-bomb in Commons, accuses Trudeau of not caring about Indigenous rights
(Quebec) -- The tone of debate in the House of Commons hit a low for the second time in two weeks Tuesday when an NDP MP from Quebec used the F-word during question...

9/17/2018

article Leaked video shows Trudeau 'upset' at meeting with Sask. First Nations chiefs
(Saskatchewan) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed frustration about "time management" during a meeting with First Nations leaders from around the...

9/13/2018

article Fontaine says communities need to be rid of the 'poisons' of racism
(Ontario) -- Phil Fontaine, the former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, told a Timmins business audience Thursday night that racism is one of the “poisons...
article Trudeau not honouring $2.6B education promise, First Nations leaders say
(Ottawa) -- First Nations leaders want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to know their schools still can't afford science labs, sports equipment or Indigenous language...

9/10/2018

article Trudeau's words don't match early indicators on Indigenous rights framework: letter
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa's plan to introduce legislation to enshrine Indigenous rights in federal law may be "dead on arrival," according to one of three authors...

9/6/2018

article Police arrest male suspect following Saulteaux F.N. shooting
(Saskatchewan) -- Jonathan Swiftwolfe was arrested near a residence on the Mosquito First Nation. He remains in custody and is due to appear in court on Friday, at 9:30...

8/31/2018

article Former grand chief accused of harassment and intimidation
(Ontario) -- A former Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand chief is lobbing accusations of sexual harassment and intimidation at former grand chief Stan Beardy. Anna-Betty...

8/30/2018

article Ontario chief facing several sexual harassment allegations
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation organization is investigating several allegations of sexual harassment against Stan Beardy, a former Ontario regional chief...

8/27/2018

article A deep look into the troubles within the Chiefs of Ontario
(Ontario) -- The Chiefs of Ontario (COO) racked up a deficit of more than $1.3 million in the last fiscal year that continues to grow each month by tens of thousands of...

8/10/2018

article Heiltsuk Nation disappointed by feds' choice in $67-million oceans protection contract
(Ottawa) -- Heiltsuk leadership say the federal government put its reconciliation process “on thin ice” by failing to adequately consult Indigenous...

7/27/2018

article Widow can keep home on reserve even though she's not a band member: Judge
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia judge says the widow of a former First Nations chief can stay in their family home on reserve land even though she is not a member of the...

7/26/2018

article Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Bennett tells chiefs she did not meddle in AFN election
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told chiefs gathered for an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Vancouver Thursday that she did not try...
article Does the AFN need an overhaul? Leaders say it needs to represent all First Nations people, not just chiefs
(British Columbia) -- Now that the race for the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is over and Perry Bellegarde has been re-elected, some leaders and...
article Government working on an Indigenous code of conduct: minister to chiefs
(British Columbia) -- Canada's minister of Indigenous relations says the federal government needs to "get out of the way" of First Nations in their efforts...

7/25/2018

article Bellegarde wins another term as AFN national chief on 2nd ballot
(British Columbia) -- Perry Bellegarde won a second term as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Wednesday amid allegations a federal minister...
article Canada’s premiers meet Indigenous groups, three major groups decline
(Ottawa) -- Canada’s premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations last Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major...
article Traditional medicine use declining in First Nations across Quebec, survey finds
(Quebec) -- Fran Montour didn't grow up with her Kanien'kehá:ka culture, but at 60 year old, she's making an effort to learn more about traditional medicine...

7/24/2018

article Assembly of First Nations National Chief in tough re-election battle
(Vancouver) -- Perry Bellegarde is fighting to keep his job as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations against competitors who challenge his commitment to...
article Incumbent AFN national chief faces rivals during final round of speeches
(Vancouver) -- Perry Bellegarde, the incumbent national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, faced fire Tuesday from four opponents vying to replace him as the head...
article Indigenous way of life at stake in AFN election, Kahnawake's Diabo says
(Vancouver) -- In the race to lead the Assembly of First Nations, Russell Diabo isn’t running a campaign so much as a call to arms. His message: The Trudeau...
article AFN a 'cheerleader' for Ottawa, says national chief candidate
(Ottawa) -- One of the candidates for national chief for the Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday the organization had "strayed" from its principles and is...
article Family evicted from waterfront lot after dispute with First Nation over unpaid lease
(Saskatchewan) -- A dispute over unpaid lease costs for waterfront property on a Saskatchewan First Nation has led to a family being told to destroy their cottage or...
article Indigenous cultural exchange underway
(British Columbia) -- Two members of an indigenous group from northern Russia are being immersed in the tribal culture of the Samish Indian Nation.

7/23/2018

article Assembly of First Nations is out of touch and needs an overhaul, says ex-national chief
(Canada) -- Noel Starblanket still remembers the meeting in Ottawa in 1980 at the Skyline Hotel, which laid part of the groundwork for the creation of the Assembly of...

7/22/2018

article Four First Nations sign agreement-in-principle, heading to self-government, with B.C., federal governments
(British Columbia) -- A group of four First Nations in British Columbia’s Cariboo region have signed an agreement-in-principle with the provincial and federal...

7/21/2018

article Trudeau's undisclosed plan for Indigenous self-government sets stage for election of next national chief
(Ottawa) -- Many liberal-minded Canadians felt that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a giant step forward when he appointed the country's first Indigenous justice...

7/19/2018

article Canada's premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline
(New Brunswick) -- Canada's premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major...

7/17/2018

article Rosemary McKay challenges Alvin Fiddler for NAN Grand Chief
(Ontario) -- The election for Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation this summer will be a two-person race.

7/14/2018

article RCMP probe abuse allegations at Peguis First Nation child-care centre
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba RCMP are investigating allegations of child abuse at a daycare in Peguis First Nation. Officials at Peguis Free Spirits Child Care, Peguis Child...

7/11/2018

article How the Oka Crisis has shaped 4 generations in Kanesatake and Kahnawake
(Quebec) -- Every year on July 11, Bryan Deer spends the morning at the foot of the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal with Kahnawake as a reminder to his community and...
article The specific claims process is about justice for First Nations, not charity
(Canada) -- "Specific claims" is a simple phrase that describes a hugely important issue: the body of outstanding violations against First Nations, accumulated...
article More supports needed for First Nations patients sent to Winnipeg for long-term medical treatment: report
(Winnipeg) -- A new report suggests that Anishininew people from the Island Lake region in Manitoba who relocate to Winnipeg for medical treatment face social isolation...

7/10/2018

article Peguis First Nation set to open Winnipeg's 2nd urban reserve
(Winnipeg) -- Peguis First Nation will establish an urban reserve in Winnipeg following an agreement with the city in the spirit of reconciliation. The community is...
article Atikameksheng elects mostly female council, including political newcomer for chief
(Ontario) -- The community of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, west of Sudbury, has elected its new council, including a first-time politician as its new leader....

7/8/2018

article Memorandum of Understanding signed by Blood Tribe and Federal Government
(Alberta) -- In an effort to renew the relationship between the Federal Government and the Blood Tribe and to work towards reconciliation, an MoU (Memorandum of...

7/7/2018

article Missanabie Cree First Nation gets reserve status
(Ontario) -- The Missanabie Cree First Nation is receiving reserve status from the federal government. "I think that it is bittersweet in a lot of ways,"...
article 'They'll decide when the teepees come down,' says FSIN chief of protesters
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations executives visited the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp on Thursday afternoon. Chief Bobby Cameron said...
article Ian Mulgrew: First Nations' lawyer deserved better from law society, judge says
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous lawyer facing client complaints in Alberta failed to prove the Law Society of B.C. discriminated against her by refusing to allow her to...

7/6/2018

article Ian Mulgrew: First Nations' lawyer deserved better from law society, judge says
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous lawyer facing client complaints in Alberta failed to prove the Law Society of B.C. discriminated against her by refusing to allow her to...

7/3/2018

article Protest teepees at Saskatchewan legislature staying after meeting with ministers
(Saskatchewan) -- Protesters occupying a growing number of teepees set up across from the Saskatchewan legislature say they aren't going anywhere until they have...
article Protesters say justice camp in Regina will stay up following meeting with provincial ministers
(Saskatchewan) -- The Justice For Our Stolen Children camp at Wascana Park near the Saskatchewan legislature will remain standing, according to representatives....

7/1/2018

article Canada’s indigenous population is overrepresented in federal prisons — and it’s only getting worse
(Toronto) -- For more than two decades, Canada’s crime rate has been steadily declining. And since hitting an all-time high in 2012, Canada’s incarceration...

6/28/2018

article Premier Scott Moe wants Regina police to remove teepees from park
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is backing calls for police to remove teepees that protesters have set up on the legislature grounds, forcing changes to...
article New northern Ontario MPP-elect says having Indigenous relations ministry is 'critical'
(Ontario) -- The New Democrat MPP-elect for the new northern Ontario riding of Kiiwetinoong says it's "critical" that Ontario continue to have a stand-...

6/27/2018

article First Nations want change
(British Columbia) -- The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council is calling on the provincial and federal governments to overhaul the treaty negotiation system after Prince...

6/22/2018

article B.C. First Nations flex growing business muscle: panel
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s Indigenous communities represent a vast untouched commercial opportunity, and businesses are sitting up and paying attention. At the...
article Community partnerships key to First Nations reconciliation, says land surveyor
(Ontario) -- When Paul Burston first met the people of Mishkeegogamang, a remote northern Ontario reserve near Pickle Lake, the First Nations community was struggling...

6/21/2018

article The cost of freedom: A Cree elder’s take on modern resistance
(Canada) -- Cree Elder Patrick Etherington recently spent a week at Inuit and Northern Affairs Canada, in Ottawa, educating public servants about his culture. This...

6/19/2018

article Federal, Indigenous officials begin finalizing proposed languages act
(Canada) -- The federal government is one step closer to creating a national Indigenous Languages Revitalization Act after government and Indigenous officials met in...

6/17/2018

article Embassy embarrassment
(Saskatchewan) -- The Treaty 6 Embassy was supposed to represent the very best the Onion Lake Cree Nation had to offer. With a museum, a "grand foyer" and a...
article First Nations teens dig into their ancestors' past at archeological site
(Alberta) -- On a warm spring morning in southern Alberta, Kerisa McHugh-Kerr squats on the dusty ground where her ancestors once camped hundreds of years ago.

6/16/2018

article Historic B.C. treaty vote could transform future of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Voting is underway to determine the fate of a groundbreaking treaty in north-central British Columbia, 11 years after it was first rejected by...
article Historic B.C. treaty vote could transform future of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Voting is underway to determine the fate of a groundbreaking treaty in north-central British Columbia, 11 years after it was first rejected by...

6/7/2018

article Sask. MP under fire for high-fiving fellow MP after voting against Indigenous rights bill
(Ottawa) -- Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk is being criticized for high-fiving fellow MP Dane Lloyd, who represents the Alberta riding of Sturgeon River-...

6/6/2018

article Indigenous issues ignored in Ontario election, Six Nations Chief says
(Ontario) -- The progress made on Indigenous issues with the current Ontario government cannot slide backwards with a new premier, Chief Ava Hill says. Hill is chief of...

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